Bilateral cooperation between Romania and Canada in growing potatoes and forestry fields

Romanian Minister of Agriculture Ilie Sarbu has received on Monday the official visit of Canada Senate’s delegation headed by Chairman Noel Kinsella, the main discussed topics being the strengthening of the bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAPDR) informed.

According to MAPDR, growing potatoes, forestry and pisciculture were the main cooperation fields identified by the two sides.

In the field of growing potatoes, cooperation established with the Canadian side is targeting the potato processing, research – improvement of the seed potato technology production by using bio-technologies, development of some joint research for the organic potato cultivation and use of potato as raw material in non-food industry.

Romania, with 280,000 potato growing hectares and a production of some four million tons per year, ranks second in Europe, on a par with Germany, and after Poland. As well, potato growing is part of Romania’s food security policy.

In forestry field the officials convened to carry out some joint research programmes and to organize working and experience exchange visits.

Romania was represented at these talks by State secretary Catalin Rosculete, State secretary Liviu Harbuz, Deputy state secretary Gica Duta and Sorin Chiru, general director of the National Institute for Research and Development of Potato and Sugar Beet.

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